Sunday – January 17, 2020

Rev. John Shaver

Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 9:30am
Livestream Worship

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"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear SDUMC Family,

I hope this finds you enjoying the sun, warmth and hopefully having a peaceful Friday (or Saturday) as we step into the 15th day of the new year. If you're like me and that long list of resolutions or expectations that you pondered on December 31st hasn't quite come to fruition, don't worry and take a breath (as a few of our retired clergy continue to remind me). As you take the breath, also remember God always has a new beginning for each of us. One of my favorite reminders of God's gift of new beginnings is Isaiah 43:18-19, "Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert."

This Sunday, we'll begin a new sermon series, Turning the Corner and Stepping Out Faithfully in 2021. Even though we may not know what is behind each corner, may we follow Rev. Dr. King's advice and make the turn with faith. As we come to "the corners" that this year may bring, may we also be reminded that our God is holding us on the journey no matter who or what we encounter. Remember the words of Christ that have continued to bring comfort throughout history, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid." (John 14:27)

I hope as you hear the music, pray, and join us online for Livestream at 9:30 a.m. this Sunday, you'll be reminded of God's hope for each of our lives (and those we meet as we "turn the corner")! I pray that we may go forth from Sunday's worship spreading this message to a world in need of Christ's peace that passes all understanding. We have some special musical surprises and moments of worship this week, and I hope you'll invite a friend to join you for this series.

Grace and Peace,

John

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